The collaboration surrounding the James L. Knight School of Communication and the 2012 Democratic National Convention has been highlighted on the national level.
Dr. John A. McArthur, an associate professor in the Knight School of Communication, had an article published in the Journal of the Association for Communication Administration in its recent issue. The article, “Rethinking the Classroom: One department’s attempt to connect student learning and national events,” details the administrative process surrounding the Knight School’s partnership during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte in 2012 and describes the student-faculty-staff-community collaboration for a national audience.
An excerpt from the article:
When community organizers announced a national mega-event to be held in our city, faculty in our communication department knew that we wanted to use it as a learning experience. We brainstormed ideas, most of which were classroom- and semester-based concepts typical of traditional topics courses. But, one of our faculty members suggested that we think outside of the concept of classroom. What resulted was a unique experience unlike any we had offered before: a valuable and compelling learning event that emerged from a successful faculty-staff-student-community partnership (p. 77).
The article is available in Volume 32, Issue 2 of the Journal of the Association for Communication Administration, Full citation: McArthur, J. A. (2013). Rethinking the Classroom: One department’s attempt to connect student learning and national events. Journal of the Association for Communication Administration, 32 (2), 79-86.